Is it true that people have sex at younger ages today than in previous generations?
The short answer is no. The rates and ages that young people are having sex have stayed relatively the same over the past few decades. It is, however, a common misbelief that teens have become more sexually active earlier on in life.
So why does this misconception still exist?
One reason could be because technology has allowed young people to better learn and communicate about sex and sex positivity. So it may seem like there are more/younger teens having sex, but in reality it’s just the conversation that has become open to younger folks!
Here are a few resourses that show different tendencies of teens having sex through previous generations:
Check out Send The Right Message, a brand new campaign of Planned Parenthood Toronto’s LGBTQ Youth Initiative!
We like to use the term Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) here at Teen Health Source, not Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). Did you notice? Do you ever wonder why? Well, we’re happy to tell you!
This past month, Planned Parenthood Toronto in collaboration with Regent Park Focus collaborated with GTA youth to create 4 radio shows about sexual health. Check’em out!